I “stole” this page from my web designer and decided to write this myself. Websites offer an opportunity to reach out to visitors around the globe, but they can often feel impersonal.
Art is anything but impersonal. We each connect with art in our own unique way, drawing different inspirations and insights from the works that appeal to us. I take great pleasure in discovering why patrons of my art connect with a certain piece and watching how my students engage with the encaustic art experience in a workshop setting.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about me and my background as an artist. Art has been my passion for more than 4 decades and has covered a wide range of genres and interests.
Originally from Montreal, I graduated from Concordia University with an Honours BFA majoring in Graphics/Sculpture plus a post-graduate diploma in Art Education. I achieved my Master’s Degree in Art History and Native Art History from Trent University, researching Athapaskan artistic expression in quillworking as my thesis topic.
My artistic career started in the photographic laboratories of the Canadian National Railway in Montreal as a printer. The 1970’s began my decade in the Canadian North. I was first in the Ungava Bay district of Nouveau Quebec establishing a cottage craft industry for Inuit carvers, followed by a period in Northern Alberta teaching ESL, French and Adult Education art classes.
I have been working in the Encaustic art medium for the past 15 years. I am the sole Canadian instructor for R & F Handmade Paints, a New York company dedicated to the development and production of high quality, stable encaustic materials as well as promoting safe methods of encaustic painting through carefully structured workshops. I have been teaching these safe methods through the Haliburton Summer School of the Arts for the past 13 years.
I create and sell original works of art out of my Fluid Studio and Gallery in Peterborough, ON Canada, as well as through major galleries in Ontario and the USA.
I am an animal lover and enjoy riding my horse Chispa and spending time my dog Satchmo. My husband Peter and I also have a budding herb growing business.
I am blessed to live in a region of great natural beauty. I also love to travel with my husband Peter and you can see the inspiration from my travels reflected in much of my work.
Thank you for spending time at my site. I welcome comments and questions.